Francis Wilson Playhouse to bring ‘The Best of Broadway’ to its stage
CLEARWATER — Francis Wilson Playhouse will kick off its 90th season with a tuneful cavalcade of great music from the Great White Way.
“The Best of Broadway” will run June 27-30 at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees will be Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $15 for students with current ID. Call 727-446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
“The Best of Broadway” features a cast of two dozen performers singing the top songs from the past 90 years of theatrical entertainment. The show spotlights the best songs from 1930 to today, performed in lush medleys and stunning solo performances. Colorful settings and mood-enhancing lighting effects help to travel through the decades in song.
Songwriters featured include Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jones & Schmidt, Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter, Burton Lane, E. Y. Harburg, George M. Cohan, Kander & Ebb, Meredith Willson, Lerner & Loewe, Frank Loesser, Stephen Schwartz, Jule Styne, Marvin Hamlisch, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, Lionel Bart, Jerry Herman, Irving Berlin, and many more.
Featured shows include “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Cabaret,” “My Fair Lady,” “Camelot,” “West Side Story,” “Oliver,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “Mame,” “South Pacific,” “Cats,” “Finian’s Rainbow,” “Guys & Dolls,” “The Most Happy Fella,” “A Chorus Line,” “The Music Man,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “Grease,” “La Cage Aux Folles,” “Company,” “The Sound of Music,” “Follies,” “A Little Night Music” and more. “The Best of Broadway” is the perfect way to celebrate the history of Broadway and the Francis Wilson Playhouse in a fun, lively show filled with showstoppers galore.
Francis Wilson Playhouse is an enduring source of civic pride and a premier venue for community theater in Pinellas.
The theater company began in 1930 as the Clearwater Players, performing at City Hall. It has occupied its home theater at 302 Seminole Street continuously since 1935. In honor of nine decades of great entertainment, the theater has planned an epic 90th season of Broadway shows.
LGBTQ Resource Center film screening set
GULFPORT — The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library will continue its monthly LGBTQ Film Series with a screening Thursday, July 11, 7 p.m., in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S., Gulfport.
The film to be presented is “Queercore,” a documentary exploring the queercore movement and its impact.
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The film series is a free gathering to watch a film in the company of friends and neighbors on the second Thursday of each month.
For information, call 727-893-1074 or visit www.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources.
The LGBTQ Resource Center is a project of the nonprofit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library. The center provides collections, services and events throughout the year to the local LGBTQ community, its friends and family. Find out more about the center, the Circle of Friends and the library online at www.mygulfport.us/gpl.
Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux to perform
ST. PETERSBURG — Grammy-winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux will perform a solo recital Sunday, July 7, 2 p.m., at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and Marly Music Society Members. Tickets include admission to the museum, and are available online or at the admission desk.
Presented as part of the Marly Music concert series, Vieaux’s program is a global classical guitar music journey including Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata in A Major, K. 208; Mauro Giuliani’s Variations on a Theme by Handel, Op. 107; J. S. Bach’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001; Scarlatti’s Sonata K. 322; Frank Martin’s Quatre pièces brèves; and Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007.
The Marly Music Series is one of the museum’s longest-running programs, beginning shortly after the MFA opened in 1965. Marly Music has hosted scores of celebrated jazz, classical, and chamber musicians for performances often tied to exhibitions in one of the MFA’s rotating or permanent collection galleries.
Among Vieaux’s extensive discography is the 2015 Grammy Award-winning album for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, “Play.” Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the United States and abroad.
Vieaux has two upcoming releases on Azica Records: “Dance,” a new album with the Escher String Quartet, due out July 19 and featuring works by Boccherini, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Aaron Jay Kernis; as well as a new solo Bach album. Vieaux’s latest CD release is a performance of Jeff Beal’s “Six Sixteen” Guitar Concerto with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.
In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an unprecedented technological interface that provides one-on-one online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at the Curtis Institute of Music, and in 2015 was invited to inaugurate the guitar program at the Eastern Music Festival. Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001.
For more information, call 727-896-2667 or visit mfastpete.org.
Those Lovebirds to perform at St. Pete ArtWorks
ST. PETERSBURG — Musical duo Those Lovebirds will perform Saturday, July 13, 6 to 9 p.m., at St. Pete ArtWorks, 2412 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
The duo will perform during St. Pete’s Second Saturday Art Walk. Marty and Bonnie have played in many bands across the Bay Area, including, most recently, the Rosewood Creek Band. They have been featured live on WMNF radio, and participated in Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Strawberry Festival and all four British Invasion tribute concerts.
This also will be the closing reception for the exhibition of metal sculpture “Now and Then” by Savelli.
For information, call 727-710-7716 or visit www.stpeteartworks.com.
Tarpon Art Guild to host ‘Red, White and Blue’ reception
TARPON SPRINGS — A reception for “Red, White and Blue” will take place Friday, July 5, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Tarpon Art Guild, 161 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs.
The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be offered. The show will feature award-winning artists such as Frank Hipp, Anneke Hulstein, Patsy Renz, Heather Risley, and Petera Semple from Tarpon Springs; Sue McCubbin from Palm Harbor; Kathy Detrano and Jan Wojcik from New Port Richey; Mary Louise Pollock from Dunedin; Tom Wilke from Clearwater; Ruth Lovett from Oldsmar; Susan Duda and David Radden from Hudson; and the guild’s newest artist, Jane Collier from Land O’Lakes.
For more information, call 727-744-3323.